Demolishing the interior of a house from top to bottom only takes a few days, but it reveals decades of history. The splendor of paint choices from the 1970's come to light. Cloth-wrapped electrical wires are pulled out and replaced with new. Old rusted iron pipes from 1925 are laid to rest with new copper and PVC in their place. Yards of badly worn carpet land in the dumpster.
Some things are worth preserving, such as the original doors we described in Winnetka Colonial Chronicles Part 1. Still, we're going to say farewell to many things in this house, starting with the kitchen.
The next step is to frame large sections of the interior and begin the process of rebuilding. We've made a huge mess, and now we have to put this home back together. More to come in Winnetka Colonial Chronicles Part 3.